A History of Modern France

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Prentice Hall, 2001 - France - 322 pages
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This clear and comprehensive history of French society—from the age of the Enlightenment to the present — offers balanced coverage of major political, social, economic, and cultural movements that have shaped France's unique path to modernity. Its straightforward, chronological approach and broad coverage gives readers the necessary background for a thorough exploration of specialized topics. Some of these topics include: the structure of eighteenth-century French society; the Preindustrial economy; successes and failures of the liberal revolution; the revolutionary republic; the Napoleonic years; The Revolution of 1848; the second empire's decade of prosperity and difficulties; the Paris commune and the origins of the third republic; economic depression and political crises; the troubled years of the Fin-de-Siècle; France in the second world war; the road to liberation; May 1968, and France after De Gaulle; and the Mitterrand years. For individuals interested in the links between American and French history—who realize that an understanding of this connection offers important new perspectives for comprehending the world in which we live and the way it evolved.

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Jeremy D. Popkin is Professor of History and Chair of the Department at the University of Kentucky. He has published a number of books on French history and the history of the press, including The Right-Wing Press in France, 1792-1800 (1980), News and Politics in the Age of Revolution: Jean Luzac's "Gazette de Leyde" (1989), Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799 (1990), A History of Modern France (1994), and A Short History of the French Revolution (1998). Popkin is also editor of Panorama of Paris: Selections from Le Tableau de Paris by Louis-Sebastien Mercier (Penn State, 1999).

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